Last night, the Chicago Wolves said they wanted to get off to a better start against the Texas Stars following a sluggish effort in last night’s contest.
“We’ve got to come out with more urgency,” said Taylor Chorney after last night’s loss. “Tomorrow we’ve got to find a way to start fast.”
For 46 seconds, that was the case in a 3-2 Wolves loss. Chicago (35-19-5-2) netted the opening goal after Sergey Andronov picked off a pass in the offensive zone and slid the puck to Keith Aucoin, who rifled it into an empty net to give the Wolves an early 1-0 lead.
However, a trio of Wolves misplayed the puck behind the net just 46 seconds later, and Kevin Henderson scored the easiest of goals alone in front of a vacant net to get Texas (38-17-3-5) on the board.
“We threw it behind the net and gave them a freebie,” said Anderson. “Any advantage we had was lost right there.”
Henderson gave the Stars the lead in the second period, and Ty Rattie tied it late in the third with his team-leading 24th goal of the season to send the game to extra time. However, early in the overtime period, Mike Hedden tapped home the game-winner, set up by a turnover in the defensive zone by Taylor Chorney. Miscues and mental mistakes were the theme for Chicago in the loss.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “Just us not being smart.”
The Wolves struggled all season against Texas, winless in all four meetings.
“They’re a good team,” said Anderson. “They take the guns right out of our pockets.”
Since pulling to within a single point of division-leading Grand Rapids, the Wolves have struggled, and have dropped to seven points back.
“We’re not going to change,” said Anderson. “We just have to win our games.”
In other Wolves news, Dmitrij Jaskin was recalled to parent club St. Louis, presumably due to an injury to Vladimir Tarasenko. Jaskin has been recalled six times by the Blues this season.
“Those are the perils of the American Hockey League,” said Anderson. “It gives other guys a chance to step up play hard and show their stuff.”